The Raiders star pass-rusher holding out of training camp for a new contract reportedly hasn't spoken to Jon Gruden since he was hired

  • Oakland Raiders star defensive end Khalil Mack has been holding out of training camp for a new contract.
  • According to a report, Mack and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden have not spoken since Gruden was hired in January.
  • Contract talks between the Raiders and Mack are reportedly tense, meaning the holdout could last for a while.


The Oakland Raiders are currently without star defensive end Khalil Mack at training camp, and there's no end in sight.

Mack, a fifth-year veteran set to make $13.8 million in the final year of his deal, has been holding out of team activities all summer for a new contract.

But the situation has the potential to get uglier. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Mack and head coach Jon Gruden haven't spoken since Gruden was hired as Raiders head coach in January. Schefter added that he believes Gruden has tried to reach out to Mack but has been unsuccessful.

Additionally, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, things are "tense" between Mack and the Raiders, with contract talks not going smoothly.

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KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 10: Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) on the bench in the fourth quarter of an AFC West showdown between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs on December 10, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 26-15. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Khalil Mack of the Buffalo Bulls poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #5 overall by the Oakland Raiders during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Khalil Mack (L) of the Buffalo Bulls and Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies are introduced during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
08 MAY 2014: Khalil Mack on the Red Carpet at the 2014 NFL Draft. The 2104 NFL Draft was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack (52) runs drills during a practice session at the Oakland Raiders Napa Valley Training Complex in Napa, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)(Digital First Media Group/Contra Costa Times via Getty Images)
15 August 2014: Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack during action in an NFL preseason game against the Detroit Lions at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA. The Raiders posted a 27-26 victory. (Photo by Daniel Gluskoter/ICON SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Brandian Ross #29 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates with teammates Tarell Brown #23 and Khalil Mack #52 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum on November 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at O.co Coliseum on November 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
December 21, 2014: Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24. (Photo by Al Golub/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: Outside linebacker for the Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack attends the 4th Annual NFL Honors at Phoenix Convention Center on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 27, 2015: Linebacker Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a sack during a game against the Cleveland Browns on September 27, 2015 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Oakland won 27-20. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders defensive end and outside lineman Khalil Mack is photographed at their training camp in Napa, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)(Digital First Media Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 18: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders warms up before the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 18, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Defensive end Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders is defended by tight end Jacob Tamme #83 of the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Oakland Raiders 35-28. Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders runs onto the field during player introduction prior to playing the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders sacks Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos in their game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 31: Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) at the Oakland Raiders Versus Seattle Seahawks game on August 31, 2017 at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Stephen Hopson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders warms up on the field prior to the AFC Wild Card game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on January 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)'n'n
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders reacts after he sacked Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders leaves the field after a win against the New York Giants at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 3, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders sacks Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 25: Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders smiles prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Gruden told reporters in June that one of the reasons he took the Raiders job was to coach Mack.

Mack is one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL and perhaps the Raiders' best player. He's played every game in his career, racking up 40.5 sacks, including 15 in 2015, with 9 forced fumbles. Pro Football Focus graded Mack as the 31st best player in the NFL last season (a slight decrease from years prior) and the 19th best overall defensive player. 

It's unclear what Mack may be asking for, but it's sure to rival that of the top defensive ends in the league. In 2016, New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon signed a five-year, $85 million contract, with $40.5 million guaranteed. JJ Watt famously signed a six-year, $100 million contract, but with only $30 million guaranteed.

Of course, Mack and his agent wouldn't negotiate directly with Gruden, but having a relationship at all with the head coach would presumably help matters.

Most training camp holdouts end during the preseason or shortly into the regular season when players are tired of being fined and want to play and teams need those players back. But from the sounds of it, there's potential for this holdout to be extra ugly.

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